Comment from Suzy Davies AM on TATA Steel job cuts in the UK

Suzy Davies, Welsh Conservative AM for South Wales West, said:

“This news and the uncertainty of what it means for Wales is extremely distressing for all of the Port Talbot Tata Steel workers and their families.

“I wrote to Welsh Government over a week ago and called for an urgent update on what discussions they had held with Tata Steel Europe and what restructuring plans might mean for Port Talbot.

“The response I had from Ken Skates, the Economy Minister, was that he received a call from Tata Steel giving him a ‘likely timeline’ for staffing changes.

“However comments like this from the Minister just add to the uncertainty for everyone involved. If Welsh Government are trying to reassure workers they should give us more information about what they were promised by Tata Steel, what the implications are for jobs locally, and, importantly whether this latest announcement is different to what Welsh Government were told just a couple of weeks ago.”